Accessing funding support for broadband

The first wave of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is now closed to new applications but groups of eligible businesses and homes in rural areas can still apply for Rural Gigabit Vouchers.

To date, 218 small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have applied for vouchers totalling over £540,000 towards the cost of installing full fibre gigabit-capable (100 Mbps+) broadband through both Gigabit Voucher Schemes.

Service providers have 12 months from the point at which vouchers are issued to complete their build and connect each of the premises that have been issued with a voucher

Find out more about Rural Gigabit Voucher on our Rural Gigabit Voucher page.

Group projects

Urban and rural communities have successfully improved full fibre broadband connectivity in their area by combining their vouchers to develop group projects with their chosen broadband suppliers.

The simplest way to create a group project is to approach a registered national or local broadband supplier from the list on the Government website, to discuss your need for a faster broadband service, and how many households and businesses could be covered. There is also government guidance for group-led broadband schemes.

Businesses and residents interested in helping their communities to get faster broadband speeds sooner may wish to look into community funding a solution via Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme and applying for vouchers to put towards the cost. Find out more on our Community Fibre Partnerships page.

Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband

Households and businesses with broadband speeds below 10mbps can request decent connections under the Government’s Universal Services Obligation (USO).  Find out more on our Universal Services Obligation (USO) for broadband page.

Connecting Cambridgeshire would like to hear from groups interested in applying for this scheme. If you have any queries please email contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk